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November 2012

Nov 1

FSBA 92nd Annual Convention

Thursday 11/1/2012 - 11/3/2012
FSBA 92nd Annual Convention

hosted by the
Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association

Nov 1 thru Nov 3, 2012

to be held at the Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Tampa, Florida

Tentatively will consist of Reception Cookout, Main Program Seminar/Conference, Awards Banquet, and Business Meeting (Election of Officers). Cost, Pre-Registration, Prices, Speakers, Schedule, Events, Hotel Accommodations, etc. to be announced as this information becomes available. Keynote speaker is scheduled to be Dr. Diana Sammataro, USDA-ARS Research Laboratory, Tucson, AZ. For up-to-date information, consult

Nov 1

2012 Oregon State Beekeepers Association Annual Conference

Thursday 11/1/2012 - 11/3/2012
The Oregon State Beekeepers Association will be holding its annual conference at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon on November 1, 2 and 3, 2012. Guest speakers this year include Dr. Larry Conner, Sue Cobey, Dr. Frank Eischen-USDA, Dr. Ramesh Sagili and Dr. Dewey Caron along with other representatives from industry and USDA.

In addition to the traditional presentations, this year the conference will be expanded to offer an alternate series of lectures on Queen Rearing. And the Oregon State University Department of Horticulture will be staffing an entomology lab to allow beekeepers to bring in samples for analysis and to better understand how the samples are used in research.

The conference begins with registration and a complimentary reception on Thursday evening Friday and Saturday will be presentations covering current research, nutrition, safety and products. On Friday the alternate tract will be the ?Bee School?, on Saturday the alternate tract will be ?Queen rearing and Management Techniques?.

Research funds will be raised through a Research Luncheon on Friday along with the silent and oral auctions held before and after the Friday evening banquet.

Registration forms and detailed conference proceedings are available on the Oregon State Beekeepers Association website.

About Oregon State Beekeepers Association
The Oregon State Beekeepers Association purpose is to improve beekeeping in the state of Oregon through education and the support of local research. This is accomplished by sponsoring classes, seminars, conferences and raising funds for research.

Nov 3



Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 East Main St.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

Saturday November 3rd, 2012


$15.00 Pre-Registration for OSBA members
$20.00 for Non Pre-registration
$5.00 for spouse and children under 18 of OSBA members with family membership
$30.00 for non-members

Pre-ordered lunches are $8.00. Limited lunches will be available for walk-in registrants

8:00 - 9:00 Registration (coffee, orange juice, pastries)
9:00 - 9:20 Presidents Welcome & Introductions & Election of Officers Voting
9:20 - 10:00 President Dana Stahlman to announce new members into the Beekeepers Hall of Fame and other awards
10:00 - 10:30 Mr. Danny Slabaugh Key Note Speaker

10:30 - 10:45 Break (Visit the vendors)

All classes except beginning beekeeping are approved for the OSBA master beekeeper program.

10:45 - 11:30 Break-out session I
A. Beginning Beekeeping - Terry Eddy
B.Over wintering your hives and getting ready for spring? - Joe Kovaleski?
C.The Importance of raising and using Northern Queens? - Danny Slaybaugh

11:30 - 11:45 Break (Visit the Vendors)

11:45 - 12:30 Break-out Session II
A. Beginning Beekeeping - Terry Lieberman Smith
B. Preparing Honey and Products for show - Carman Conrad
C. Reading your hives - Bill Starrett
D. What is required to sell your honey ? - ODA????

12:30 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:00 Break-out Session III
A. Beginning Beekeeping
B. Marketing your honey - Isaac & Jayne Barnes?
C. Raising your own queens - Danny Slabaugh?
D. Pollination - Karen Goodell

2:00 - 2:15 Break (Visit the Vendors)

2:15 - 3:00 Break-out Session IV
A. Soap Making - Dave Duncan
B. Top Bar Hives
C. Controlling pest of the Hive - John Grafton?

3:15 - 3:45 Closing remarks, drawings and results of elections and business meeting

The sponsoring clubs for this meeting are Scioto Valley Beekeepers Association and Central Ohio Beekeepers Association (COBA) ??????
Lunch is provided by the senior class of Licking County Christian Academy

Nov 3

Third Annual Welsh Honey Show - Tallahassee, Florida


The North Florida Fair and the Apalachee Beekeepers Association announce the Third Annual Welsh Honey Show at the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee, Florida. Specifics follow:

CHAIRPERSON: Apalachee Beekeepers Association
ARRIVAL TIME: Saturday, November 3, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. Bldg. 3
JUDGING: Saturday, November 3, 2012 1:00p.m.
RELEASE TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For Welsh Honey Show rules and entry forms, go to http://www.northflorida and click on ?Exhibitor Handbook?.

Nov 5

Michigan Beekeepers? Association Annual Fall Meeting

The Michigan Beekeepers? Association (MBA) will hold their annual Fall Meeting on October 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint Township, MI 48507. In addition to breakout classroom sessions on a number of topics of interest to all beekeepers, they will be hosting guest speaker Dann Purvis, of Purvis Bees (formerly Purvis Brothers). Dann has a lifetime of beekeeping experience, both small-scale and commercial queen production, to share with our membership.

On Saturday afternoon, an election will be held for the positions of Vice-President, Treasurer and even numbered District Representatives. Nominations will be accepted from now until the election.

Fees for both days are $20 for MBA members and $10 for spouses. Non-members are $40, and spouses are $10. Single day fees are $10 for MBA members and $20 for non-members.

More information can be found on the MBA website at including pre-registration and absentee ballot information. Or call MBA Treasurer, Steve Tilmann at (517) 543-5525. Hotel and room information can be found at

Nov 6


Mark October 6, Saturday, for the 3rd annual meeting of the IQI at the U. of Illinois Extension Center, 1412 S. Locust Street, Pontiac, IL. Our speakers are Dan O?Hanlon and John Timmons. Dan is president of the West Virginia Queen Producers (WVQP; The WVQP provides members training to raise queens adapted to West Virginia's climate, especially winter conditions. Dan teaches the cell punch method of queen rearing, which holds great promise for those who are ?graftingly challenged.? He will speak on both these topics at the IQI meeting.

John Timmons is the founding president of the Three Rivers Beekeepers (TRB). He has a business centered on website development and marketing, topics that are of increasing interest to those selling honey as well as queens and bees. This year the TRB began a Nuc and Queen Initiative, which focuses on meeting demand for nucs/packages with locally adapted and produced nuclei ( This idea is one well worth state and local associations examining for there own members. John will speak on both these topics.

Registration begins at 8:30, the meeting begins at 9:00. Admission is free to IQI members, including those who join at the meeting (membership is $25); lunch is $10. Cost to non-members is $15 plus $10 for lunch. To register contact Carolyn Gerberding at; for additional information on the meeting and the IQI go to

Nov 8

Texas Beekeepers Association

Thursday 11/8/2012 - 11/11/2012
2012 Convention Site
November 8th - 11th

Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Killeen, TX
3701 South W.S. Young Dr., Killeen, TX 76542
(next to Killeen Civic & Conference Center)
Room Rate $89.00 King or Double Suite

Nov 9

Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Fall Meeting

Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Fall Meeting

? Friday Nov 9, 2012
? November 9-10 Lewisburg, PA 17837

Nov 10

Illinois State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting

The Illinois State Beekeepers Association will be holding their 121st Annual Fall Meeting on Nov. 10, 2012. The meeting location will be the Illinois Department of Agriculture Building located on the State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois 62794. Registration is $30.00 per person for ISBA members and their spouses and $45.00 per person for individuals who are not members of ISBA. Registration will start at 8:00 am and the meeting will commence at 9:00 am.

The keynote speaker is Susan Cobey, a bee-breeder and geneticist who shares a dual appointment with the H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis and Washington State University. Additional speakers include Jerry Hayes, Lee Heine and Thomas Webster. Jerry Hayes has written ?The Classroom? column for the American Bee Journal for over 20 years and is also the author of the book titled ?The Classroom?. Jerry Hayes is currently working at Monsanto to promote honeybee health. Lee Heine is the Past Chairman of the National Honey Board and Past President of the Wisconsin Honey Producers. Thomas Webster is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems, Atwood Research Facility, Kentucky State University.

Catered lunch ($10.00 per person) is available to individuals who contact Rich Ramsey, Vice President of ISBA, by November 1, 2012 at Please join us for this interesting and informative meeting.

Nov 10

CT Beekeepers Association

2012 Connecticut Beekeepers Association

Novemeber 10th SNEBA - Speakers to be announced at St.Mathias Church, East Lyme, CT

Additional demonstrations will be held at the CBA beeyard at Massaro Farm throughout the spring and summer. Watch for details

Nov 10

MD State Beekeepers Association

MSBA Fall Meeting:
November 10, 2012, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD, Jennifer Berry/University of Georgia, keynote.

Nov 13

California State Beekeepers Association 123th Annual Convention

Tuesday 11/13/2012 - 11/15/2012
The California State Beekeepers Association would like to invite you to their 123th Annual Convention to be held November 13-15, 2012. The convention will take place in sunny Southern California at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, CA. Only minutes away from downtown Palm Springs, CA. Conveniently located off of I-10 with the choice of 2 airports to fly in, Palm Springs International or Ontario International. Morongo will pick you up and return you to your airport of choice, all complimentary for CSBA Convention Attendees. Come and enjoy the CSBA Convention, nearby shopping, the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and all that the Morongo Resort offers to their guests. Morongo's website is

The meeting will feature current topics of interest to beekeepers presented by some of the leading honeybee researchers today. Speakers include, Dr. Eric Mussen, Dr. Frank Eischen, Jerry Hayes of Beeologics, Randy Oliver, Dr. James Nieh, Dr. Brian Johnson, Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp and Dr. Walter S. Sheppard.

There will be an exhibit hall with some new and exciting products on display from the top manufacturers in the industry. The convention is also a great place to see old friends and make new ones.

Be sure to make plans to join us for the Research Luncheon where all proceeds go to further the research of honeybees. Dr. Jeff Pettis will be our featured speaker for the Research Lunch. This is a lunch not to miss.

Also be sure to be with us for the last night of the convention, for the Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony. What a fitting end for a wonderful week of learning more about bees and spending time with friends.

For more information please contact Carlen Jupe at 209-545-5359 or For exhibit information please contact Brent Ashurst at 760-427-0312. Be sure to check the CSBA website for the latest information.

Nov 16

Iowa State Beekeepers Fall Meeting

Friday 11/16/2012 - 11/17/2012
Iowa State Beekeepers Fall Meeting
? Friday Nov 16, 2012
? November 16-17 Marshalltown, IA 50158

Nov 17

5th Annual Bee Forum- Tales and Tunes from the B-Side - Chicago, IL

Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5th Annual Bee Forum - Tales and Tunes from the B-Side Saturday, November 17th, 10:00am- 3:00pm /Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL $25/ $15 for GPCA members or volunteers We've all heard a good fish story from a proud angler, but beekeepers rarely get the chance to boast about the busy bees they keep. We are hosting this important bee- side event, to share some compelling oral histories about bees and beekeeping. Come to this 5th annual public forum to hear stories, songs, and jeremiads from both seasoned and novice beekeepers. Whatever their experience, these folks got hooked on bees and beekeeping, and are eager to take a turn telling tales. Check our website for an updated list of presenters, as well as to prepay, register, and see where you fall alphabetically in the potluck assignment. (Yes, this day is a beekeepers potluck. Honey tasting also encouraged. Bring honey from your hive for the tasting table!) Check our website to see the latest speakers!

Nov 27

Connecticut -

November 27, Heather Mattilla on Behavioral organization of foraging effort in colonies

Meetings are at 7:30 PM in the Norfield Congregational Church in the Community Room on Norfield Road in Weston, Connecticut. At 6:30 PM there is a NewBees meeting for beginning beekeepers and WannaBees youth group meeting.

Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more. All events are free and open to the public. Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at

Weekend Workshops:
Bee School March 5,12,19,26
Hands on Hive set up Sunday March 25